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      06-11-2010, 12:42 PM   #1
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BMW issues recall for all 1-series sold between 2008 and 2010 for potential fire risk

New information released on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website shows that BMW is recalling all 1 Series models sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2010 for a potential fire risk.

According to the manufacturer, cars built between December 1, 2007, and May 27, 2010, may not have sufficient clearance between the seatbelt tensioners and the sound insulation in the B-pillars. Should a crash occur, the tensioners could overheat. In rare instances, the excess temperature could possibly ignite the insulation material.

BMW has not yet released a fix for the issue, but has notified NHTSA of the recall and halted sales of all 1 Series models until it rectifies the design issue. BMW will notify owners of the recall shortly and provide updated information to NHTSA when it has a fix. For more information, contact your local BMW dealership.

Source: NHTSA

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/car...-1-series.html
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      06-11-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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not too bad, at least it doesn't cause spontaneous acceleration.
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      06-11-2010, 01:21 PM   #3
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Well, so it seems that BMW is joining the never ending litany of safety recalls.

Are we making more unsafe cars? Or is everybody so afraid of lawsuits we are hyper sensitive?
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I was hoping it would be for HPFP.
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      06-11-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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I'm just wondering, how the hell to they determine that,
"The affected vehicles have insufficient clearance between the seat belt tensioners in the B-pillar and the insulating material surrounding it. In the event of a crash, the insulation could become overheated and catch fire."
The insulation would be in contact with the exhaust or something real hot?

I'm probably affected by this recall, it sucks. I don't want another Mazda loaner , I'd rather if they pay the taxi and drive my 92' 325 in the meanwhile.
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      06-11-2010, 01:51 PM   #6
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BMW halts sales of 1-series.Cites fire safety

http://rumors.automobilemag.com/6657...tter%2BTraffic

Who knew these thing were cookers?
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      06-11-2010, 01:52 PM   #7
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I was hoping it would be for HPFP.
There is no solution for HPFP. Move on.
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      06-11-2010, 01:58 PM   #8
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well that fucken sucks cause I have a 1er!
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Fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu

They've got about 1 million cars to recall. shit
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well that fucken sucks cause I have a 1er!
That's life. Get over it. go get it fixed.
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      06-11-2010, 02:12 PM   #11
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Sweet, guess I will be getting a loaner...
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FFFFUUUUUU last time i got a base Camry. FML.
and I just intalled my DCI. pain in the ass.

actually, they shouldn't have to open up the hood right?.... well they'll probably hear anyways. But since it's not a warranty related issue they can't really do anything correct?
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Wonder how they found this out....
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Fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu

They've got about 1 million cars to recall. shit
Divided by about 100, yeah.
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I just called BMW and there is no recall on my Oct 2009 built 1 series. Hmmm...
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mmm, guess sticking with the 3 series was a good idea after all, although I want a smaller car next... so I am anticipating a 1 series soon...

good luck with the recalls and keep us updated for those of you who are getting it fixed
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mmm, guess sticking with the 3 series was a good idea after all, although I want a smaller car next... so I am anticipating a 1 series soon...

good luck with the recalls and keep us updated for those of you who are getting it fixed
It would be a freak accident anyways. You would have to first have a crash or sudden stop and the seat belt would have to rub just the right way for the insulation to get hot enough to catch fire.

It is good that BMW is fixing this, but it is not a big deal.
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cars built between December 1, 2007, and May 27, 2010
How do you determine the date your car was built? The sticker on the door jamb only gives the month?

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That's a sweet-looking 1 in the recall photo. Is that Crimson Red?
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      06-11-2010, 02:49 PM   #21
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While i understand the concept of how this would work, I just don't see how it's possible for it to get that hot before the seatbelt locks..

*shrug*
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      06-11-2010, 02:56 PM   #22
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Today's modern seatbelt tensioners have 'controlled explosives' at the base of the mechanism.

In an accident there is a mini explosion in the seatbelt mechanism designed to cinch the belt as tight as possible on you. If there is an explosion...there is a chance of fire.

Courtesy of tireone.com

"Pyrotechnic pretensioners use electrically triggered pyrotechnics that tighten the seatbelt a prescribed amount upon sensing a crash event. These devices can operate on either the buckle or ratchet side of the seatbelt mechanism. These are the most highly technical type of pretensioner, and also the most expensive. These will be the focus of this report. "

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